Winter swamp says “good bye”

Did we even have winter in south Florida?

It’s a debatable “yes” at best, especially if you were born with continental blood.

Can you see the ever so slight tinge of green in the cypress?

Of course temperatures aren’t the tried and true standard of winter in the swamp. We rather rely on cypress trees as our guide instead.

Swamp winter is defined by that three months of the year – December through February – when the cypress trees lose their needles and appear dead (prompting many a tourists to inquire if the forest hasn’t been damaged in some way.)

Just a few miles to the south, however, it’s harder to see.

The arrival of March means our days of the needle-less cypress are numbered.

Increasing daylight hours is already starting to burnish them in a coat of verdant green, in some cases barely noticeable and in other places already thick.

Here’s a strand where the cypress have already greened out in full.

Here’s a couple photos from last week in the helicopter that give a look at the uneven nature that the green out of the cypress unfolds …

Even if in a few weeks we can count on a uniform green.

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